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Hill Stations in India

India is a geographic spectacle of numerous majestic hills and mountain ranges. They present the perfect getaway from the boredom of daily routines as their hill stations are often carpeted with lush greens or capped with snow.

These magnificent landscapes offer the solace of being close to nature's natural beauty and the endless possibilities of fun activities for adrenaline junkies and adventure seekers alike.  

India is a geographic spectacle of numerous majestic hills and mountain ranges. They present the perfect getaway from the boredom of daily routines as their hill stations are often carpeted with lush greens or capped with snow.

These magnificent landscapes offer the solace of being close to nature's natural beauty and the endless possibilities of fun activities for adrenaline junkies and adventure seekers alike.  

Standing at the foot of the spectacular Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas, is the popular hill - station of Dalhousie, that covers an area of around 14, and is sprawled over five hills - Kathlog, Portreyn, Moti Tibba (formerly known as Tehra), Bakrota and Balun. A resort that still exudes an old worldly charm, Dalhousie has retained much of the British Raj style. It has been named after the famous British Governor - General, Lord Dalhousie.

Darjeeling is not only one of the most magnificent hill stations in the world; it is in fact the queen of all hill stations. That being said, you can only expect the most spectacular views from an altitude of 2134 and above.

Just 6 km away is from the center is the famous Yiga Choeling Monastery which houses 15 images of the Maitreya Buddha. Another place you should not miss is the Llyod botanical garden where its assortment of alpine flora and orchids is absolutely wonderful.

Darjeeling is also relatively close to the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park that is the only place in India ideal for the breeding of the rare snow leopard. Its wildlife spectacle also includes the Ussurian tigers and the Himalayan black bearRigged with a myriad of majestic surprises, Darjeeling is the place to be. 

Srinagar is located in the North Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, and from April ‘til June, it transforms into a tourist haven.

Inside this charming little town dubbed as the summer capital of its state lies the placid Dal Lake where picturesque houseboats (“shikharas”) float around carrying tourists on boat rides.It is also here where you’ll find the beautiful Shalimar and Nishat Gardens, which the Mughal built. Other tourist attractions include the Shankaracahya Hill, with a famous temple at its top, the Nagin Lake, which is yet another calming lake not far from the center of Srinagar and, the Chinar trees which grace its avenues in autumn with russet leaves that make the trees looks like they were in flames. Nature's breathtaking exhibit of Saffron flowers abloom on the slopes and almond trees in full blossom in the summer in the ultimate holiday destination, Srinanagar, might just compel you never to leave. 

Rising an approximate 2,730 meters high, Gulmarg, which means `Meadow of Flowers,' houses a majestic vision of lush greens that serve as the backdrops for a flora that changes colors with the changing seasons.

It has been dubbed as the “Switzerland of India” because of its incredible similarity to the heavily snow-clad mountains and tall pine trees of Switzerland. Winter sports enthusiasts consider it be the perfect skiing and snow sports destination as much as golf enthusiasts regard it to be one of the most ideal golf courses in the world because of its high altitude.

But if you plan less strenuous activities, Gulmarg also offers enjoyable treks or long walks through its great wooded terrains and the lush green hills that rim small lakes. You can even go on pony rides along the forested slopes covered in snow for that extra memorable experience.  

The Pangot area (1900m) lies 15 kilometers past Nainital and is on the road to Kilbury. The area and its surrounding hills has a record of 200+ Himalayan bird species.

Mixed forests dominated by thick ban-oak, pine and rhododendron cover most of the area and surrounding hills. A large part of the landscape is characterized by dense vegetation. Numerous perennial creeks and streams crisscross the area.

Mussoorie is the most frequently visited hill station in India. This is because at an altitude of 2003 m above sea level, it offers a stunning scenic view unlike all others and a selection of great activities perfect for making memories.

You can experience the sheer thrill of the ropeway ride at Gun hill that will take you to the 2nd highest peak of Mussoorie. Or have a picnic inside the beautiful Municipal garden complete with a calm and cool lake with boats to ride on.

While in the area, visitors are often eager to bathe at the foot of the Kempty fall, which is just 15 km away from Mussoorie. It is the biggest and most majestic waterfall in a valley. Its water is perfect for that refreshing dip every traveler deserves. 

330 kms northeast of New Delhi in the Kumaon Himalayas lies the Nainital Lake Valley (29? 22' 60N and 79? 27' 0E) and adjacent hill resorts. The Nainital area (1938m) lies in the central Himalayas and is a vantage point to view the great Nanda Devi massif.

Mount Abu
Being the only hill station in the Rajastan, Mount Abu is a green oasis in the midst of the barren landscape. It is home to a marvelous display of Dilwara Jain Temples, dating back throughout the 11th- 13th centuries. Because it was home to many sages and saints, it is the ideal place for pilgrimages. It is also a place where you’ll find oddly shaped rock due to its strong winds.

Some of its most popular tourist spots include the Adhar Devi Temple, which was chiseled out of a huge rock and is found at the top of 360 steps stairs and the Sunset Point, where you can marvel at the stunning sunset as it covers the hills in its golden glow.

Situated at the northern end of the kullu valley, Manali has spectacular views of snowcapped peaks and wooded slopes. Manali literally means the 'Home of Manu'. Manu is the mythological character who is supposed to have survived when the world was drowned in Flood. He then came to Manali and recreated human life. Thus, the area of Manali is sacred and Hindus treat the temples over here as pilgrimage.

'Hermit Kingdom', Ladakh has a myriad ensemble of magnificent snow carved peaks, placid translucent lakes, barren terrain, craggy cliffs and plateaus all enveloped in a charming and mystical culture. Because it practices great Budhist traditions, it has also been dubbed “Little Tibet. It is the highest inhabited region in India, which makes it the absolute destination for scenic viewing and the perfect escape from the urban hustle and bustle.

Not very far from Ladakh is the Hemis monastery where visitors are made welcome to gawk at the precious gem-studded Buddha Shakyamuni while the Thiske monastery is sure to brush you off your feet with their exquisite architectural display. And if you have enough breath left in you, the gold-plated copper statue of the Buddha in the Shey monastery will definitely knock it out of you. We ask that you bring your sense of adventure and cultural curiosity…because Ladakh is sure to satisfy your vacation longings.

Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh and is the most popular and established hill station of Northern India. It is situated at an altitude of 2,130 m. in winter to in summer. It has a wide range of accommodation and all tourist facilities. Shimla is pleasant in summer and cold in winter. October and November are exceptionally pleasant, December-February is cold and there are snowfalls. During 1864- 1939, Shimla was the summer capital of British in India. There is influence and touch of British in the roads and buildings. Georgian art and architecture is seen in different buildings of the city.

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